Sculpture Saturday #29

This week I’ve picked something more classical. However, you wouldn’t necessarily expect to find a statue of Napoleon (as Mars the Peacemaker) in Milan. This a bronze cast of the marble sculpture of the same name by Antonio Canova. It was commissioned from Canova in spring 1807 by Charles-Jean-Marie Alquier, France’s ambassador to Rome, as a gift to Eugene de Beauharnais, viceroy of the Kingdom of Italy.

It was cast in 1811 and De Beauharnais sent it to Milan in May 1812, but the city found it difficult to find a site for it. It was finally moved to its present site in the main courtyard of the Palazzo di Brera (now the Pinacoteca di Brera and inaugurated there on 14 August 1859 during Napoleon III’s visit.

This challenge is kindly hosted by Sally Kelly over at Ruined for Life: Phoenix Edition.

Share a photo of a statue or sculpture – go on, give it a go, you know you want to!

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